Advances in Polynesian prehistory: A review and assessment of the past decade (1993-2004)

Kirch, Patrick V. and Kahn, Jennifer G. (2007) Advances in Polynesian prehistory: A review and assessment of the past decade (1993-2004). Journal of Archaeological Research, 15 3: 191-238.


Author Kirch, Patrick V.
Kahn, Jennifer G.
Title Advances in Polynesian prehistory: A review and assessment of the past decade (1993-2004)
Journal name Journal of Archaeological Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1059-0161
1573-7756
Publication date 2007-09
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1007/s10814-007-9012-0
Volume 15
Issue 3
Start page 191
End page 238
Total pages 48
Place of publication New York, U.S.A.
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Abstract The pace of archaeological research in Polynesia has intensified in recent years, resulting in more than 500 new literature citations over the past decade. Fieldwork has continued in such previously well-studied archipelagoes as Tonga and Samoa in Western Polynesia, and Hawai'i and New Zealand in Eastern Polynesia, and has expanded into previously neglected islands including Niue, the Equatorial Islands, the Austral Islands, and Mangareva. The emergence of Ancestral Polynesian culture out of its Eastern Lapita predecessor is increasingly well understood, and the chronology of Polynesian dispersal and expansion into Eastern Polynesia has engaged several researchers. Aside from these fundamental issues of origins and chronology, major research themes over the past decade include (1) defining the nature, extent, and timing of long-distance interaction spheres, particularly in Eastern Polynesia; (2) the impacts of human colonization and settlement on island ecosystems; (3) variation in Polynesian economic systems and their transformations over time; and (4) sociopolitical change, especially as viewed through the lens of household or microscale archaeology. Also noteworthy is the rapidly evolving nature of interactions between archaeologists and native communities, a critical aspect of archaeological practice in the region.
Keyword Archaeology
Polynesia
Complex societies
Exchange
Paleoecology
Household archaeology
Pacific Islands
Southern New-Zealand
Northern New-Zealand
River mouth site
Potato Ipomoea-batatas
French-Polynesia
Easter-Island
Cook-Islands
Hawaiian-Islands
Marquesas-Islands
Henderson Island
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes This document is a journal review.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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